Terrance Anderson holds a placard outside the Triple S Food Mart where Alton Sterling was shot dead by police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jeffrey Dubinsky
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Gavin Long was a man of mixed messages. He peddled self-published books with abstract themes about self-empowerment and spiritual enlightenment, but also posted rambling internet videos calling for violent action in response to what he considered oppression. The black military veteran, whose last known address was in Kansas City, Missouri, had spent five years in the Marine Corps, serving one tour in Iraq before being honorably discharged and taking a series of college classes.By May 2015, back in the U.S., Long sought to legally change his name to Cosmo Ausar Setepenra in a nonbinding document filed in Jackson County, Missouri, though he never followed through with an official request, county spokeswoman Brenda Hill said.In a video posted July 10, Long, as Setepenra, said he was speaking from Dallas after another black man had killed five police officers there.Long also discussed protests in Baton Rouge, which broke out after police fatally shot a black man in a confrontation in a convenience store parking lot July 5 . After the Marines, Long attended the University of Alabama for just the spring 2012 semester, according to university spokesman Chris Bryant. University police had no interaction with Long during that time, Bryant said.
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